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Krispy Kreme, UberEats bring doughnuts to your door

You can now get Krispy Kreme doughnuts without leaving your home.

Krispy Kreme is delivering through UberEats, according to UberEats' Nov. 21 twitter post.

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The doughnut chain announced the news Friday on Facebook.

 Posted by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Friday, December 2, 2016

The offer isn't available for all UberEats users, but if you live in  Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; the District of Columbia; Los Angeles; Nashville; Orlando; Phoenix; San Antonio; or the San Francisco Bay area, you can order the sweet treats through the app.

Those  in other cities may not need to fret. According to the meal-delivery app, it may expand the option to other locations.

Snag free Frosty desserts from Wendy's for a year

Fast-food chain Wendy's is offering its customers the chance to receive free Frosty desserts for a year.

Customers need only purchase a $2 key tag.

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The company says 85 percent of the funds from key tag purchases will go toward the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to support foster children waiting for their forever homes. 

Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, became an important voice in adoption awareness in 1990. That year, he led a national public service campaign and encouraged business leaders to offer adoption benefits as part of their employee benefit plans. He later testified before Congress in support of adoption tax credits and adoption legislation, and he continued to be an advocate for foster children seeking permanent homes until his death in 2002.

The key tags can be purchased until Jan. 31. Customers who present the tag between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 will receive a free Jr. Frosty with any purchase.

Key tags can be purchased at most Wendy's locations and online.

November is National Adoption Month.

Taco Bell offering free tacos Wednesday

Taco Bell is offering all customers free food during its "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion. 

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On Oct. 24, the company announced that it would give away free tacos if any player in the World Series stole a base. Taco Bell said it would name the player this year's "Taco Hero."

The next day, Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor stole second in the first game of the series. 

The stolen base awarded customers the opportunity to receive a complimentary Doritos Locos Taco on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time.

No purchase is necessary, but according to the promotion rules, a "participating Taco Bell restaurant manager reserves the right to deny Free Doritos Locos Taco to any person he/she reasonably believes has already received a Free Doritos Locos Taco."

Doritos Locos Tacos are a hard-shelled tacos whose shell is made out of Doritos product.

The "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion is a one time deal, which means that regardless of any other steals players make during the remainder of the series, Nov. 2 is the only day to redeem free tacos. The promotion is the sixth World Series-inspired promotion Taco Bell has offered over the years. 

Burger King dresses as ghost of McDonald's for Halloween

There's nothing like some Halloween cheer to spice up a fast food restaurant rivalry.

Burger King and McDonald's have been competitors for decades, but BK's prank take things a bit further.

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Mashable reported that, in a new promotional video posted to YouTube, a Burger King restaurant and accompanying sign are seen covered in white cloth with two holes and yellow  eyebrows reminiscent of the iconic McDonald's arches.

The Queens, New York, location of the restaurant also has a sign that said, "Boooooo. Just kidding. We still flame grill our burgers. Happy Halloween."

Ouch.

Whether or not McDonald's will respond isn't clear. If the past is any indication, though, it will not.

When Burger King challenged McDonald's to team up to combine their signature burgers -- the Whopper and Big Mac, respectively -- in 2015, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook declined the offer in a Facebook post, saying, "We love the intention but think our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference. ... (L)et's acknowledge that between us there is simply a friendly business competition and certainly not the unequaled circumstances of the real pain and suffering of war. ... P.S.: A simple phone call will do next time."

Arby's is celebrating hunting season with venison sandwiches

Hunting season has begun, and Arby's is offering venison sandwiches to celebrate.

The Atlanta-based fast-food chain announced in a Wednesday news release that restaurants at select locations across six states will have thick-cut venison sandwiches on the menu.

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Restaurants in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia -- states Arby's said have "heavy deer hunting areas" -- are offering the item starting Oct 31.

The sandwiches have thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic and cooked for three hours. They're topped with onions and berry sauce in between a toasted roll.

Arby’s Brand President and Chief Marketing Officer Rob Lynch told USA Today that the "100 percent deer meat" comes from the hind quarters of free-range, grass-fed deer.

"Bringing venison to our menu also allows us to continue to set ourselves apart from the competition when it comes to proteins," Lynch said. "You simply can’t find this at other restaurant chains."

Arby's said the following restaurants will have venison sandwiches for a limited time that varies by location:

Available Oct. 31-Nov. 3

2044 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee 37228

Available Nov. 4-6

3821 Tower Ave., Superior, Wisconsin 54880

1690 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416

704 Highway 33 South, Cloquet, Minnesota 55720

348 Lincoln Ave. SE, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301

3275 First St. S, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301

4415 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342

Available Nov. 12-15

4229 W Vienna Rd., Clio, Michigan 48420

4040 17 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319

1215 M 89, Plainwell, Michigan 49080

8685 Birch Run Rd., Birch Run, Michigan 48415

Available Nov. 25-28

5205 Library Road, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 15102

4260 Ohio River Blvd., Bellevue, Pennsylvania  15202

16 Towne Center Drive, Leechburg, Pennsylvania  15656

2539 W State St., New Castle, Pennsylvania  16101

2648 Ellwood Rd., New Castle, Pennsylvania  16101

3224 Wilmington Rd., New Castle, Pennsylvania 16105

Shaquille O'Neal buys Krispy Kreme store

WSB-TV contributed to this report.

Shaquille O'Neal just took ownership of an Atlanta-area Krispy Kreme store.

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The basketball Hall-of-Famer and sports and entertainment superstar announced Monday that he has become the owner of the Ponce de Leon location, which has been there for more than 60 years.

O'Neal, who has previously admitted to loving Krispy Kreme doughnuts, has compared his visits to the restaurants to a kid's experience in a candy store.

"In addition to Shaquille's status as a sports and entertainment icon and businessman, he is known for spreading joy, which aligns with our positioning and mission," said Tony Thompson, president and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. "We are confident this partnership will have a big impact for us in Atlanta and around the world."

O'Neal will also assume the role of a global spokesman for the doughnut company.

"Krispy Kreme prides itself on spreading joy and supporting local communities, and that's a cause that I am thrilled to be a part of," O'Neal said. "Our goal is to help people find their happy place, and what better way than with a box of delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts."

For a limited time, Krispy Kreme is offering the "Shaq-or-Treat" promotion in which anyone who tags a social media post with #ShaqOrTreat will be eligible to win Krispy Kreme prizes or paraphernalia autographed by O'Neal. The promotion takes place Oct. 28-31.

Here's how to get free Chipotle today

Play a game and win free food. 

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 Chipotle lovers can score a free burrito, burrito bowl, salad or order of tacos by visiting the website for "Chipotle: A Love Story" and clicking "play now."

Users will be faced with a grid of 16 cards and a minute on the clock to match ingredients in a memory game. Click on the cards to flip them over and match garlic-to-garlic, cilantro-to-cilantro and so on. When users click the cards with additives, the time is reduced by five seconds every time they're clicked.

Even players who don't win the game have an opportunity to win the buy-one-get-one-free coupon. The coupon is valid until Nov. 30.

The game is based on the company's animated short film "A Love Story," which aims to show how, over time, competition between restaurants has caused food to become increasingly processed and filled with additives -- thus the reason the additives dock you valuable time in the game.

 

Chick-fil-A bringing back its original barbecue sauce

When the popular Atlanta-based chain replaced its classic barbecue sauce with the smokehouse barbecue sauce, some Chick-fil-A fans were not pleased.

But on Tuesday, the restaurant announced the return of the original sauce.

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"You asked for it, and we listened. The original Barbeque Sauce is coming back," the franchise posted on its website.

 

After fans' responses on social media, a few petitions against the smokehouse sauce and an all-out grassroots campaign to #BringBacktheBBQ, Chick-fil-A decided the good stuff is finally back.

The original sauce will replace the smokehouse flavor nationwide, Chick-fil-A announced in its Tuesday press release.

"We thought we were introducing a bold, new flavor you would love," the company told consumers. "We heard (your feedback), so we're bringing back the original Barbeque Sauce in November."

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Chipotle adds chorizo option to menu

Chipotle is now offering chorizo at locations across the country after finding success testing the product at select markets earlier this year.

The offering became widespread in the U.S. starting Oct. 4, National Taco Day.

"The reaction to chorizo in the cities that have had it has been overwhelmingly positive, so we're making it available in all of our restaurants across the country," said Chipotle founder, chairman and co-CEO Steve Ells.

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The fast food chain first tested the meat at Chipotle locations in Kansas City, Missouri; Ohio, New York City, California, Colorado and Washington, D.C.

According to the company, Chipotle's chorizo is made with a blend of pork and white-meat chicken and is seasoned with paprika, toasted cumin and chipotle peppers.

In June 2015, Chipotle's Corporate Chef Nate Appleman told The Kansas City Star that he had been been "beating the drum" for the company to offer chorizo for years.

"It was one of the first things I worked on,"he said. 

Customers can request chorizo in any of the company's burrito, taco, burrito bowl and salad offerings.

"Since we opened the first Chipotle 23 years ago, our menu has changed very little, and our focus has been on constantly improving the quality and taste of the food we serve," Ells said earlier this year. "While we have never been opposed to changing our menu, we only do so when we think there's an opportunity to add something that is really unique but that fits within our overall menu, and where we can find ingredients that meet our high standards."

Chipotle's chorizo has received mixed reviews.

Many customers haven't given rave reviews of the new addition.

One Facebook user called Chipotle's chorizo "disappointing," Business Insider employees called it "chewy" and "mediocre," yet "passable," and Insider described it as "dense and dry."

Other customers were fans of the new addition, calling it "amazing" and "darn good."

Some have described Chipotle's chorizo as "spicy."

Chick-fil-A 'statistically the most polite chain'

Betsi Flores contributed to this report.

Business Insider said Chick-fil-A is "statistically the most polite chain in the restaurant business," after a QSR Magazine report showed positive attributes of customer service at the chicken chain.

The annual drive-thru report, released Monday, showed employees made eye contact with customers 87.9 percent of the time, said "please" 61.8 percent of the time and had a pleasant demeanor 93.9 percent of the time. Employees also smiled 90.9 percent of the time and said "thank you" 95.2 percent of the time.

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The report included data from 15 fast food chains and data from 1,948 visits.

Among the other restaurants included were Arby's, Panera, McDonald's, KFC, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Burger King and Wendy's.

Employees at Chick-fil-A were the most likely of the 15 chains surveyed to say "please" and "thank you" and to smile at drive-thru customers.

The only chain that had workers more likely to have a pleasant demeanor than Chick-fil-A was PDQ, a Tampa-based company known for its chicken tenders. PDQ has locations in less than 10 states.

"It's all about speed and accuracy, but we know our customers appreciate that we can be nice while being fast and accurate," Mark Moraitakis, senior director of hospitality and service design, told QSR. "Eye contact and smiling go a long way in the drive-thru experience."

>> Chick-fil-A to test 5 new menu items, including quinoa bowls, healthy breakfast options

QSR said data was collected and tabulated by SeeLevel HX. 

For each visit to each restaurant, a trained data collection specialist surveyed the drive-thru lane and then entered the line the same as any other customer, QSR reported.

The company said a minor special request was also made with each order, such as requesting beverage with no ice.

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